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Down with Wilco

The Minus 5, Gino VannelliAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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listen  1. The Days of Wine and Booze 3:42$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Retrieval of You 3:51$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. That's Not the Way That It's Done 3:29$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Town That Lost Its Groove Supply 2:34$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Daggers Drawn 2:47$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Where Will You Go? 3:17$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Life Left Him There 3:00$0.89  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. The Old Plantation 3:40$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. What I Don't Believe 2:29$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. View from Below 3:17$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. I'm Not Bitter 2:58$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. Dear Employer (The Reason I Quit) 4:13$0.89  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 25, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B00007L6HX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,755 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Down with Wilco, while a stellar album in its own right, also sounds like a creative counterpart to Wilco's warped and wonderful Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. It makes sense, since all four current members of Wilco contribute, and Down with Wilco was recorded around the same time (and was met with the same resistance from the music industry) as Foxtrot. This one is tighter and more conventional, as songs like "Where Will You Go?" and "The Family Gardener" threaten to fly off into space but never actually do. Of course, it also features Scott McCaughey (of Young Fresh Fellows) and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, and the playful feel of past Minus 5 efforts such as Old Liquidator. The group's strange yet familiar cacophonies borrow the best parts of Beach Boys and Beatles. Credit Minus 5 with another lovely genre-bending collection. --Matthew Cooke

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Likeable Pop February 28, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is my first experience with Minus 5, and I'm not exactly sure what I came expecting. I was attracted to it by a description I'd read elsewhere of this CD's "lush, orchestral country-rock tunes." There's certainly a lush sound here, and a lot of orchestral touches, but I don't hear so much of the country-rock (or alt-country, etc.) sound as echoes of the Sgt. Pepper-era Beatles sound. Anyone who liked Wilco's "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" will certainly feel right at home with this CD. Scott McCaughey does most of the vocals, with Jeff Tweedy doing the honors on "The Family Gardener." All of the tunes are pleasant and very listenable, but overall the entire set is much more subdued and low-key where I had hopes of more up tempo jangly guitar. As is, "Down With Wilco" is a pleasant surprise. Not what I expected, but a good performace in it's own right.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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It seems that if a band today sounds like another band they can be dismissed. This is a philosophy for elitists and shut-ins! This album is good. Sure they are emulating the Beatles and the Beach Boys, but it is quite obvious as the lyrics are at times and self-mocking in acknowledgment. This album has a lot more than borrowed styles. The melodies are catchy, along with the lyrics. Despite its almost simultaneous recording with Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Down With Wilco is quite different. Some of the songs recall each other, but that is because they are very good songs.
What is fun about this album is that at times it is a bit ridiculous but quite catchy. Its quirkiness is resilient and keeps you coming back for more to grasp and relive those awkward moments. This album good, buy now..
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Plus a multitude March 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Using "Pet Sounds" and "Summerteeth" as sonic templates, this latest assemblage of the Minus 5 has constructed a monument to baroque pop. Every melody is adorned with all the bells and whistles a modern recording studio could offer. And really, I do mean bells and whistles, as well as tambourines, shakers, Moroccan horns, kalimbas, marimbas, and crotales (no idea what that last thingee is, but it's right there in the liner notes). In short, "Down With Wilco" is 13 melancholy pop songs hung with enough audio ornaments to either rule your world or leave you cold, depending entirely on your predisposition towards ostentation. It helps that Minus 5 mainmen Scott McCaughey (the Young Fresh Fellows) and Peter Buck (REM) have surrounded themselves with "A" level talent like Ken Stringfellow (the Posies), Sean O'Hagan (the High Llamas), and the members of Wilco (Wilc... er, nevermind), and if that doesn't account for a "supergroup" then I'll torch my Blind Faith dog collar.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music! April 11, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Being a longtime fan of Wilco, but not knowing much about the Minus 5, I was intrigued with this release by the combined band members. The album opener, "Days of Wine and Booze" is simple and melodic. It is reminiscent of Pink Floyd's "On the Turning Away". The album continues with power pop gems that feel influenced by a wide range of artists such as The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Byrds, and Harry Chapin (yes, Harry Chapin). With Minus 5's Scott McCaughey on vocals (with additional vocal help from Wilco's Jeff Tweedy) the supergroup covers a wide range of musical styles. From the spacey Grandaddy-ish gems "What I Don't Believe" and "View from Below" to possibly one of the greatest 60's pop gems ever recorded, "Life Left Him There" (albeit 35 years late), this album does not disappoint. Only several less than spectacular tunes keep this one from five stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Listening Experience February 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Think Beatles period Revolver, Kinks period Village Green Preservation Society and any period of XTC, throw them all together and you've got the new Minus 5 CD. Borrowing heavely from these past influences and coming up with something completely original and inovative, Scott McCaughey along with Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, Ken Stringfellow,(Wilco) and Sean O'Hagan (High Lamas) have struck gold. Expansive, melodicly explosive and ever so seductive, "Down With Wilco" will be a disc you'll return to for that "Fix" of nostalgically induced brillance. Highly Recommended!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars i never wanna lose those days of wine and booze February 28, 2003
Format:Audio CD
To be honest,i don't know anything about minus 5,so i bought this album on the back of wilco's contribution. Wilco fans will love it, it has the poppy feel of summerteeth mixed with their 'new sound' of YHF. Jeff Tweedy only gets lead vocals on one track, 'the family gardiner' but it definitely feels like a wilco album.Plus you get the added bonus of scott mccaughey and co. taking up where pink floyd and the beatles left off. so the bottom line is,if you're a wilco fan buy it
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Addictive March 17, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album didn't give it all up on the first few listens. I got if about six months ago (on the same day I bought Wilco's A Ghost is Born, which I am pretty disapointed in overall), and as often happens with some of my favorite albums, it wasn't until later that I popped it in and couldn't take it out of the CD player. Just listening to it once or twice is not enough to "get it." Fun lyrics trapped in sad songs, and sad lyrics wrapped in poppy gems.

Not for those that want an easy listen.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars best 99 cents I ever spent
I found this in the used bin at a store that proved once again they don't know what they are doing...
Who hires these people at a music store??.. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Brian Bullock
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
The item was delivered earlier than expected, arrived exactly as described (NEW), and a perfect transaction. Thank you!!!!!
Published on July 28, 2010 by Veggie04
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and Outside the Box
Outside the box and great are not often used together, but it fits in this case. While I admin to being a soft-core REM fan, I had never heard of Wilco or Jeff Tweedy. Read more
Published on March 13, 2010 by Maven
5.0 out of 5 stars Two great bands combine to make a great album.
Wilco and The Minus 5 have really pulled it together to make a great album with "Down With Wilco". You won't be disappointed and will like every song on the record.
Published on February 5, 2009 by mattwsc
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Pop Classic
This is the first Minus 5 record that isn't "half good." The Lonesome Death of Buck McCoy showed pop smarts via great arrangements, but it was a fatty cut of meat. Read more
Published on November 15, 2008 by David Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Could've Been Better, But Enjoy It For What It Is
Like many others, I came to hear the Minus 5 mostly because I was a fan of Jeff Tweedy and Wilco. I read reviews referring to this album as Yankee Hotel Foxtrot's cousin. Read more
Published on June 6, 2006 by Drew Macevenwick
3.0 out of 5 stars I've really tried to like this.
As a huge fan of Wilco, I really wanted to like this album. I played it nonstop for days and weeks, studied its lyrics, and tried to buy into Greg Kot's and Jeff Tweedy's praise... Read more
Published on October 10, 2005 by Mike Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars do-wop-do-wop, oh no, yeah!
this album is the beatles put through the grunge grinder of disillusionment with 50s rock'n roll playing shoe-lah-lah do-wop-do-wop, in spite of the prospect of nuclear armagedon. Read more
Published on August 26, 2005 by M. Meyskens
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Indy Album with Mainstream Pacing Tendencies
I was very hesitant about this album, being a hard-core Wilco fan, and fearing a side project akin to Ben Fold's Fear of Pop or Bowie's Tin Machine where all the songs that aren't... Read more
Published on August 10, 2005 by Jeremy A Daniels
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Album, how didn't I hear of this earlier
After recently listening a little more to Wilco, I read that many people recommended this album also. Read more
Published on July 12, 2004 by Zach Hale
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